24 VERDICT ON INDIA never forget that sen-ants, b!ack or white, are also men, who fall in love and Lke to sit in the sunsh ne, rather than crouch in corridors T/^it.ng to salute bewildered authors. Besides, there is the matter of expression. VThafc expression does one assume on such occasions? At the beginning of the journey down the corridor I could usually summon up a fair imitation of hauteur, but by the end cf the first hundred yards the hauteur was wearing a bit tiun, and had degenerated into a sort of nervous twitch, due to the face that I suspected a button was undone, but did not dare to look, in case the giants misunderstood. Arrived at last at the A.D.C.'& room—far too early, because one is terrified of being late, and is, indeed, in a state of acute nervous tension—one steps out on to the terrace to look at the gardens. These are as vast as everything else, and, in my opinion, rather frightful. They are the sort of gardens that enrapture everybody but gardeners. They are as formal as a chess board... an cndLss series of small oblongs in the middle of a desert of red brick. Each of the oblongs is packed trght with very brilliant flowers—a bed of scarlet salvias, so overcrowded that they pant for breath* a bed of dwarf anchim, bursting with blueness, a bed of crowded cosmos, like a block of ice-cream. Admittedly, Lady Linlithgow made the best of a bad job ; she arranged the chess-board with the utmost skill, and achieved some exquisite gradations of colour. And in the one and only part of the garden which had real "possibilities'—a miniature arena with a sunken pool in the centre—she created something of real beauty. But the general effect of those gardens, thauks to their desijuer, Sir Edwin Lutyens, was profoundly depressing. They made a real gardener long for a ragged old herbaceous border with an apple tree at one end and a water butt at the other and oh.. .the heaven in between ! Vast were the gardens, vast the swimming pool, vast the ball- rooms and the halls of audience. But vastest of all were the Viceroy and the Vicereine; they towered head and shoulders above the crowd...and their intellectual capacity was not unworthy of their stature.